The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 15, 2013

New River art class to explore creative welding


— New River Community and Technical College will offer a unique metal art course beginning Oct. 1 at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent. Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings through Nov. 5.

Metal art combines metalworking with imagination in a safe and fun environment. Students will use an oxy-fuel torch, plasma cutter and weld basics in one of a variety of welding disciplines. Participants will produce a project to take home.

The class will be taught by New River welding instructor Brad Veneri. He is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Educator as well as Certified Assistant Welding Inspector and has more than 20 years of welding experience. Veneri attended WVU at Parkersburg, where he earned an associate degree in welding technology.

Tuition of $215 includes materials, use of machinery and the use of some personal protective equipment. Each student will leave with basic cutting and welding knowledge as well as the know-how to transform ideas from imagination into metal.

The course is open to those of any age wanting to learn a new skill. There also is a $150 supply fee.

Call Ken Lester 304-929-3313 for more information or to register.

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New River has partnered with the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center to offer a short-term certificate program in the popular and growing welding field.

The Accelerated Welding Program is a 10-week course designed to introduce welding concepts for the beginning to intermediate welder.

Classes will be from 5 to 8 p.m.  Monday and Thursday evenings at the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center (Vo-Tech) in Craigsville. The program will begin Oct. 7 and conclude Dec. 19.

Accelerated welding will feature instruction in a multitude of areas in the welding industry. It is ideal for those looking to add job skills to their resume, start a career or just gain a better knowledge and practical instruction.

The curriculum includes Introduction to Construction Math, Introduction to Hand Tools, Introduction to Power Tools, Introduction to Construction Drawings, Basic Rigging, Basic Communication Skills, Basic Employability Skills, Introduction to Materials Handling, Welding Safety, Oxyfuel Cutting and Plasma Arc Cutting.

Tuition is $500, including supplies and all fees. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

An information session will be held Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Career Center. A financial aid representative will be available to discuss options and assist students with aid applications.

Prospective students can obtain more information by calling New River’s Office of Workforce Education in Summersville at 304-883-2446.